I was out following my boy around the other day as he was playing, when I saw this beautiful tree. It is rather small compared to the huge trees surrounding it. It is small because of the type of tree it is, but also because it seems younger. It’s sphere of influence is small. But in the end I noticed it because of its beauty, not size.
In my mind, if the tree could talk it would be saying: “I don’t care that I’m small, I’m still going to make my leaves beautiful! My little bit of beauty still matters.”
It started me pondering on my sphere of influence. It isn’t very big right now. Most days I stay at home all day with my boy; my husband has to commute so he needs the car. I’m not working or involved with a major organization (except with the village who is helping raise my child). So in other words, my sphere of influence is rather small; my reach out into the world is limited.
Sometimes I get discouraged by the smallness. When I’m feeling down, I make the mistake of equating the smallness to ugliness or being less desirable. Why work on my small life, when it is so…small?
But, my sphere of influence doesn’t have to be big in order to beautify it; take pride in it. Whatever sphere we have influence on–we can beautify it, give it our all. Whether it be my 550 square foot apartment built in the 60’s–I can make it my own! Whether it be my small, new blog–I can keep writing. Whether it be my family of three–we can make meaningful traditions. They are all still worth the time and effort to beautify.
Things don’t need to be big for them to be beautiful. We can leave our mark of beauty on even the smallest things.
“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving soul on another.”-George Eliot
How do you cherish even the small things in your life? What small endeavors are you working on that are nevertheless beautiful and meaningful to you?